Skip to comments.Texas bucks U.S. trend on standardized scoring
Posted on 07/25/2011 2:20:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Multiracial students are being tallied for the first time in Texas history, but their standardized test scores won't appear as a separate group when accountability ratings are released Friday.
As it grapples with increasing diversity, Texas has opted not to measure the scores of the state's 78,419 multiracial, non-Hispanic students as an ethnic subgroup whose performance matters in determining whether a school made "adequate yearly progress."
Instead, they'll join the ranks of the 180,000 Asian students lumped in with their schools' entire student body for accountability purposes.
Texas continues to only hold three racial subgroups accountable: whites, blacks and Hispanics. Other states have expanded their systems to measure as many as eight ethnic and racial groups.
"I don't know why Texas would go back, while the rest of the country is going forward," said Susan Graham, a founder of Project RACE, a California-based group that advocates for multiracial students.
Racial and ethnic categories are important not only to students' sense of identity, but also to the researchers and educators who depend on accurate data on high-stakes tests to determine campus rankings and bonus pay, among other decisions. Schools can face sanctions as serious as being closed based on the performance of students in one ethnic subgroup.
A 2007 federal mandate now requires all states to ask student whether they are Hispanic or not Hispanic, and then whether they are white, black, Asian, American Indian or one of two new categories Native Hawaiian or two or more races.
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My kids applaud ... they may finally get recognized as students that do well rather than Asians
Educrats are not gonna like this one bit. When can we pass a Constitutional amendment to shut down the Department of Education?
Let that name sink in.
Your mouth to God’s ears! SOON PLEASE!
OMG - I was thinking the same exact thing! Sadly, one of many bold works of ignorance dreamed up in this country. I wonder what the Federal funding records look like on that one?
Time to kick this “education” bs to the curb.
And with it, the #1 money and muscle faction standing behind liberal candidates’ election/reelection bids.
I am assuming your children are multiracial? It’s fine to lump them in with Asians - if they are doing as well. If they are not, then lumping them with Asians will bring down the Asian average and disguise the fact that multiracial students are performing poorly.
If I got ambitious, I’d break the data down to 18 and younger, but TX’s multiracial population is:
35% “White and some other race,”
16% “White and Black,”
14% “White and American Indian/Alaska Native,”
14% “White and Asian”
With the remaining 21% very scattered.
I should have subtracted out hispanics...that takes some ambition too.
Aren’t we all part of the Human race? What race other than Human are the children? Are they half canine? feline? bovine?
I realize it’s an easier way for someone to say “ethnicity”, but seriously, quit it.
How about we don’t even track if their ethnicity? It’s just another way to divide students, to segregate the yellow m*m’s from the green m&m’s. They’re still milk chocolate on the inside, just a different color candy coating.
That’s essentially what humans are - the same stuff on the inside, just a different color (non-candy) coating.
The education gurus have found that every difference gives them a platform and a way into our pockets.
It has nothing to do with educating, it’s about taking and indoctrinating.
I scream thinking about the wasted potential and the poisoning of minds against their own best interests.
LIBERALISM is a disease of the mind and the soul.
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